About: How Neighbourhood Planning Works
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Tenterden’s Neighbourhood Plan
Local Green Spaces can be protected where they are of particular importance to the local community under the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, 2012, (‘ the NPPF’).To achieve Local Green Space Designation we have to produce clear, objective and robust evidence that the Local Green Spaces meet the tests set out in the NPPF. We must also ensure that we conform with national and local planning policy and do not contradict the Ashford Local Plan.
To qualify for protection, a Local Green Space must be, ‘In reasonably close proximity to the community it serves; demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquility or richness of its wildlife; and local in character and is not an extensive tract of land’.
Working Groups have been set up to gather and collate the strong objective evidence needed to meet these tests.
There are four Working Groups. These are:
- A selective Neighbourhood Plan that recognises the importance of Local Green Spaces to the physical and mental well-being of our Town and to our natural, cultural and historic environment
- Mapping and protecting our existing Open Spaces (sports fields, greens, playgrounds and parkland) and ensuring that new developments benefit from equally attractive and pleasant outdoor leisure spaces
- Building a sustainable travel network to improve health and air quality, that tackles vehicle congestion and C02 emissions and encourages walking and cycling along our Green Routeways (road and rail corridors, cycling routes, pedestrian paths and Public Rights of Way)
- Protecting and enhancing Green verges, hedgerows and wildlife habitats and corridors to preserve our unique landscape, biodiversity and wildlife
- Mapping and protecting our unique gills and watercourses and anticipating and preparing for the impact of climate change